In memoriam: Dick Wolf

       Dick Wolf, 72, who helped start the Westside Community Center when the Woodmen Valley Chapel took it over from City Parks two years ago, died June 5.

       Born in Ohio April 25, 1940, he was a retired Air Force colonel who had served as a pilot in the Vietnam War.
       His passing was unexpected, resulting from complications over less than a week's time related to a recent discovery of lymphoma cancer.
       Cremation will follow, with a service July 3 at 11 a.m. at Woodmen Valley Chapel.
       Col. Wolf and his wife Jan were married Nov. 28, 1963. She survives him, along with a son and daughter and five grandchildren.
       Dick Siever, the center's executive director, had worked with Col. Wolf for six years through the ACTS ministry of Woodmen Valley Chapel. The Wolfs as a couple ran the church's mobile kitchen for the needy, which over the past three years has provided 20,000 meals, Siever said.
       "He was one of the guys who helped us put together the proposal [to the city for the community center], and he's been involved with this since the beginning as director of operations," Siever said. "I wouldn't hesitate to call him the heart of the center."
       In a budget-cutting move, the city had sought bids for another entity to run the Westside Center in 2010. Woodmen submitted the only offer.
       According to Janice Rosebush, the center's office manager, Col. Wolf was "an amazing man" whose contract basically paid him for 10 hours a week at the center, "but he worked 50."

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